Microsoft® Office 2010 Volume License
An overview of Volume Activation for Microsoft Office 2010
Some Microsoft products, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Office 2010, come with product activation technologies through the Volume Licensing channel. The activation sets up a relationship between the software’s product key and the particular installation of the software on your system.
Volume Licensing of Office 2010 means that you can run the office suite easily and affordably on multiple computers within an organization. Microsoft Office Volume Licensing offers programs that are customized to suit the size and cost preferences of an organization.
The programs available through licensing are easy to manage as they offer easy-to-use interface, flexible and affordable solutions. However, to benefit from volume licensing, organizations need to set up an agreement with Microsoft.
The volume licensing for Office 2010 requires activation, which is based on the Windows Software Protection Platform.
There are three ways for activating Volume Licensing of Office 2010 –
- Key Management Service (KMS) activation
- Multiple Activation Key (MAK)
- Combination of KMS and MAK
Office Activation Technologies provide methods for activating products that are licensed under the Volume Licensing programs. The kind of product key that you get determines the activation method.
Adding the activation requirements to Microsoft Software aids in preventing the keys from being leaked. This minimizes the chances of counterfeiting of software. The Volume Licensing editions help users protect their privacy.
The methods for activating Volume License are-
KMS – This enables product activation on the local network. A computer serves as the KMS host which requires the Microsoft Office 2010 KMS host key to be installed. This will activate the service in your environment and client computers are connected to the host for activation. This eliminated the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft for product activation. Only one Microsoft Office KMS host key is required to activate all Volume License editions of Microsoft Office 2010 products.
MAK – With the MAK key, Microsoft Office 2010 client computers activate online by using Microsoft hosted activation servers or through telephone. A unique key is given to the organization for each Volume License edition of Microsoft Office 2010 and each computer then activate onetime with these servers. You can activate up to 100 computers at the same time. MAK is ideal for organizations where the computers are not connected to the corporate network, like portable PCs or laptops.
Combination of KMS and MAK – In an organization where both network-connected and portable computers and laptops are in use, a combination of KMS and MAK is installed.
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